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Posted: Friday, April 25, 2008 2:56 am | Updated: 8:54 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

Gilbert resident Carly Dyar may have the summer vacation of a lifetime.

The 13-year-old eighth-grader at Gilbert’s Payne Junior High won the USA Cycling National BMX championships last month in DeSoto, Texas, in the 11-13-year-old girls cruiser class.

With that win, she qualified to race for Team USA at the world championships in China.

Dyar has won multiple district and state championships over the years. She has been ranked in the American Bicycle Association Top 10 in the nation in her age group four times and in the ABA Top 5 six times.

She finished 2007 with an ABA ranking of No. 2 in her age group and is currently ranked No. 1 in her district, state and nationally.

All this for a girl who began racing when she was 4 years of age.

“Carly got tired of going to the races and just watching her brother Justin race,” said Rinny Dyar, Carly’s father. “One day she took Justin’s bike out on the track and did a few laps and said, ‘I want to race.’ So we built her her own race bike and it wasn’t long before she was winning.”

Rinny and his wife Julie are the track directors at Chandler BMX Racing (northwest corner of McQueen and Frye roads), something they have been doing for more than 10 years.

Rinny said more than 200 kids ride and race at the track every week, which has been around for more than 30 years.

So having the opportunity and place to race was easy for Carly. But she has worked very hard to get where she is today.

“Carly is totally into this sport,” Rinny said. “She trains and works out six days a week — she trains three days at the track and three days at our house with her personal BMX trainer Pat Blackburn.”

Her father also explained even though at the USAC national championships anyone can race, Carly had three qualifying rounds to make it to the finals. She won two gold medals (cruiser and challenger class) for her age group.

“You have to be fast to qualify for the finals. Many girls that are good racers did not qualify,” Rinny said.

Like most young athletes, Carly hopes to someday race in the Olympics, but until then she’s getting ready to move up in age group, which will mean a different class. And the older girls had better look out.

“Over the years she has developed a sense of no fear,” Rinny said. “She loves to race the boys. She shows them how it’s done.”

MAKING IT A HABIT

Sharon Moore, a 61-year-old softball player from Tempe, and her teammates captured another co-ed league title last weekend.

Gutts and Butts went 6-1 in the Sunday night slow-pitch league to win both the 2007 winter and 2008 spring crowns.

“There are about five of us that have played together for the past seven to eight years,” Moore said. “It is a fun team and we all get along very well.”

Which says a lot since the team of 13-14 people range in age from 21-61.

Moore, a pitcher, is joined on the team by her son Rich.

“We have been a mother/son playing on the same team for at least the last seven to eight years,” Moore said.

The team opens summer league play next month — minus one player.

“We would like someone who is serious about playing and dependable,” Moore said.

I’m not sure whether the team needs another gut or butt but there is an ad (No. 650902814) on Craig’s List telling more about the opening.

SHARPSHOOTING

Young shooters from across Arizona earned state titles at the Scholastic Clay Target Program Commissioner’s Cup Sporting Clays state championship March 29 at Ben Avery Shooting Facility in Phoenix.

Many qualified to represent Arizona at the national championships, July 31-Aug. 5 at the World Shooting and Recreational Complex in Sparta, Ill.

The state competition consisted of five divisions: varsity, junior varsity, intermediate advanced, intermediate entry and rookie.

This year’s winners:

Varsity (grades 9 to 12)

• First — Ben Avery Clay Crushers, 227 out of 300 targets (Nicholas Warren of Cave Creek, Lucas Feringa of Glendale, Beau Bonner of Cave Creek) Second — Ben Avery Clay Crushers, 217 (Brett Hoeppner of Cave Creek, Kimberly Peters of Surprise, Lane Shank of Phoenix) Third — Red Mountain Target Terminators, 215 (Kyle Wandelear of Queen Creek, Correy Schultz of Gilbert, Kaitlyn Borie of Phoenix).

Junior Varsity (grades 9 to 12)

• First — Red Mountain Target Terminators, 248 out of 300 targets (Wesley Borie of Phoenix, Kyle Johnson of Phoenix, Luke McCabe-O’Donnell of Phoenix). Second — Red Mountain Target Terminators, 230 (Quinton Moore of Gilbert, Kyle Sutter of Apache Junction, Christopher Vansickle of Glendale).

Intermediate Advanced (grades 6 to 8)

• First — Ben Avery Clay Crushers, 245 out of 300 targets (Tanner Bissell of Desert Hills, Holden Huff of Scottsdale, Perry Miller of Goodyear).

Intermediate Entry (grades 6 to 8)

• First — Red Mountain Target Terminators, 209 out of 300 targets (Stephen Fuller of Phoenix, Kent Thomas of Mesa, Zachary McBee of Gilbert).

In skeet, which was contested April 12 at Tucson Trap and Skeet Club, the winners, who will also compete in nationals in Sparta, Ill., were:

Varsity (grades 9 to 12)

• First — Ben Avery Clay Crushers, 289 out of 300 targets (Lane Shank, Phoenix; Brett Hoeppner, Cave Creek; Kimberly Peters, Surprise).

• Third — Red Mountain Target Terminators, 276 (Kyle Wandelear, Queen Creek; Correy Schultz, Gilbert; Kaitlyn Borie, Phoenix).

Junior Varsity (grades 9 to 12)

• First — Red Mountain Target Terminators, 284 out of 300 targets (Wesley Borie, Phoenix; Kyle Johnson, Phoenix; Luke McCabe-O’Donnell, Phoenix).

• Third — Red Mountain Target Terminators, 242 (Zach Kime, Chandler; Quinton Moore, Gilbert; Kyle Sutter, Apache Junction).

Intermediate Advanced (grades 6 to 8)

• Second — Ben Avery Clay Crushers, 251 (John Heim, Glendale; Mack Gibson, Phoenix; Kyle Hajek, Cave Creek).

• Third — Ben Avery Clay Crushers, 246 (Tanner Bissell, Desert Hills, Perry Miller, Goodyear; Holden Huff, Scottsdale).

Intermediate Entry (grades 6 to 8)

• First — Red Mountain Target Terminators, 236 out of 300 targets (Kent Thomas, Mesa; Stephen Fuller, Phoenix; Eric Fleming, Chandler).

Rookie (grades 5 and under)

• Second — Ben Avery Clay Crushers, 165 (Trevor Hartigan, Anthem; Cal Kearney, Mesa; Tim Lehmann, Phoenix).

CHARITY GOLF

Michael Young, a 14-year-old ninth-grade student at Phoenix Country Day School, is the inspiration behind the Swing Fore Kids Golf Classic. Proceeds from the charity help children cope with illness and anxieties associated with hospital treatments and surgeries. This year’s event, which is being endorsed by the Southwest Section of the PGA of America, will be May 8 at the JW Marriott Wildfire Golf Club with an 8 a.m. shotgun start. Cost is $275 per person and includes a continental breakfast and lunch reception with a live silent auction. Call (602) 469-5666 or visit www.cbre.com/swingforekidsgolfclassic.

NO WATER HAZARDS

The Arizona State women’s water polo team will host its third golf tournament May 3 at ASU Karsten Golf Course with the scramble start scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Check-in and silent auction begin at 1 p.m. The entry fee is $130 per golfer or $500 for a foursome. Sponsorships are also available, ranging from $150 (for a tee sign) to $2,200. Contact coach Todd Clapper at Todd.Clapper@asu.edu for information or registration.

SUMMER PLANS

Toro Strength and Performance Camp is scheduled for May 27-July 3 at the Mesa Mountain View High School Athletic Annex. Cost is $100 with three sessions available throughout the day. For more information call Mark Swartz at (480) 472-6968 or Bill Roberts at (480) 472-6969. Mesa Red Mountain High School will also offer a strength and conditioning camp from June 2-July 17 with three sessions daily. Cost is $80. Call Steve Cerqua at (480) 472-8245 for information.

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